Polyolefin plastic materials are used in the automotive industry in a wide range of exterior, interior, and under-the-bonnet applications. These include bumpers, body panels, trims, dashboards, door claddings, climate control and cooling systems, air intake manifolds, petrol tanks and battery cases. Polyolefins facilitate lightweight construction and so play an important role in enhancing energy efficiency.
Polyolefins are widely used for containers and crates, pallets and other items such as trash cans, laundry baskets and buckets. Polyolefins have low cost and high toughness, with exceptional tear and tensile strength, puncture and impact resistance.
Polyolefin films are tear resistant and have exceptional tensile strength. They are cost-effective to produce, with excellent clarity and don’t become brittle and yellow with age. Uses include cling film, agricultural film, industrial wrapping and film.
Polyolefin pipes are often replacing metallic systems, mainly due to their superior resistance to corrosion, abrasion and chemical attack. They also have a wide operating temperature range up to 95°C and can provide fusion welded leak-proof jointing. Polyolefin piping systems are fast becoming the most commonly used drinking water, waste water and natural gas distribution piping systems in the world.
Polyolefin shrink tubing is widely used around household wire because they possess good chemical, electrical and physical properties and are flame retardant. Besides providing extra durability and heat resistance, heat shrink tubing is also designed to give a perfect fit and does not come off with age or use.
Polyolefins are used in a wide variety of kitchenware, in particular articles intended to come into contact with food, such as packaging and containers, microwave-proof containers, kitchen appliances, cutlery and dishes.
Polyolefins are used in a wide variety of laboratory equipment, including counters and sinks, cabinets and fume hoods, containers, bottles, microplates and pegboards, as well as a variety of medical packaging and appliances.
In addition to being used for a huge variety of children’s toys, polyolefins are also frequently used in the leisure industry. Leisure applications include garden furniture, luggage, tennis racket strings, synthetic turf, rash guards or undergarments for wetsuits, footwear, seat cushions, arm rests and spa pillows.
Polyolefins are widely used in a huge variety of packaging applications; so much so that Polyolefins represent 70% of the European plastic packaging market. These include crates and boxes, bottles (for food products, detergents, cosmetics), food packaging (including yoghurt, margarine pots, sweet and snack wrappers), medical packaging, industrial wrapping, carrier bags, and drums for food, beverages and chemicals.
Polyolefin film is widely used in stationery office products such as binders, folders, sheet protectors, dividers, labels, business card holders, artist portfolio cases, book covers, photo wallets and picture frames.
Polyolefins are lustrous white translucent fibres with good draping qualities, excellent abrasion resistance and exhibit fair wrinkle resistance. They have found a number of applications particularly in home furnishings and industrial fabrics, including indoor-outdoor carpeting, carpet backing, upholstery fabrics, seat covers, webbing for chairs, non-wovens, laundry bags, hosiery and knitwear, fishnet, rope, filters, and industrial fabrics.